Celebrating the New Liquor Laws
Oklahoma’s new alcohol laws will take effect Monday, October 1. I’ve gotten several press releases and event invites celebrating the new liquor laws and I’ve rounded them up in this article.
Quick summary of some of the changes taking effect:
– Brewers’ taprooms can stay open longer
– Liquor stores can sell other items, such as mixers, up to 20 percent of monthly sales
– Cold beer at stores
– Happy hour discounts on drinks
– At restaurants, you can get drinks like mimosas earlier (previously had to wait until 10 am to sell)
Oklahoma’s new alcohol laws will take effect Monday, Oct. 1, allowing bars and restaurants to observe “true” happy hours, with discounts and other differentiated pricing at any time of their choosing. Previously, any reduced prices on drinks were required to be honored during all business hours for a full week. These changes are part of the 2016 legislation that now allows for the sale of full-strength refrigerated beer and wine in grocery, convenience, and liquor stores.
Oak & Ore’s Happy Hour will take place every week, Monday through Thursday, from 4-6 p.m. and from 9 p.m.-close. Oak & Ore’s happy hour specials will include $1 off all Oklahoma-made beer, a rotating $4 featured beer special, $6 cocktails, and a special bar food menu. For October 1, the specials will run from 4 p.m. until closing time as part of the statewide celebrations observing the new laws.
A toast from Senator Stephanie Bice will be part of the kickoff at the popular Plaza District restaurant.
“Senator Bice has been such an advocate for the state’s independent brewing industry,” said Micah Andrews, owner of Oak & Ore. “I’m honored to have her as a guest on the day when so much of her hard work finally pays off.”
“It’s been a long time coming, and I think the public will start to see very positive growth at their favorite bars, breweries, and stores.”
The Bricktoberfest tapping party is scheduled for Monday, October 1st in Downtown – and – all the other restaurants on the Oklahoma City area tap Bricktoberfest on Thursday, October 4th. “This year we upped our game and we are making this a much bigger beer,” said Bricktown’s Brewmaster, Cory Grey.
“Bricktoberfest features well-kilned malt that produces the beautiful color and caramelized flavor.”
“Since we’re celebrating Octoberfest,” Grey continued, “we want our beer to be as authentic as possible. A traditional Oktoberfest brewed with an authentic Bavarian yeast strain, this will be balanced and fit perfectly with the changing seasonal temperature.”
– Free appetizers from chef Aaron Miles of the Park Avenue Grill
– $2 well drinks, Domestics and select Imports
– $3 Robert Mondavi Private Select wines
– $1 Champagne, Mimosas and Kir Royales
The Prohibition Party takes place from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
OCT. 1: 9 am: State Capitol, 2300 North Lincoln
OCT. 3: 2-5:45 p.m.: WalMart, 2200 West Danforth, Edmond
OCT. 4: 3-5 p.m.: Byron’s Liquor Warehouse, 2322 North Broadway
OCT. 4: 6-8 p.m.: Midwest Liquor, 2301 South Douglas Suite 120, Midwest City
OCT. 5: 3-6:45 p.m.: Crest Foods, 10601 South May
Check back as this article may be updated with new events happening throughout the week.